At Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, city hall seemed empty without residents protesting the Haggard Farm West development project in west Plano, as commissioners approved Haggard Enterprise Limited’s request to withdraw its zoning case.
The withdraw temporarily marks the end of a heated debate between residents, developers and city staff over the proposed rezoning of 285 acres of land located between the Dallas North Tollway, Spring Creek Parkway and Windhaven Parkway.
“Obviously they didn’t like what we were asking for, so we back up and revamp,” said Rutledge Haggard, whose family moved to the area that would become Plano in 1856.
Haggard Enterprises Limited and Acres of Sunshine Ltd., developers of the project, had requested a zoning change to the property to allow for a high-density, mixed-use development that would include townhomes, multifamily residential units, as well as office and retail space in a similar fashion to the City Line project in Richardson.
Residents of neighboring HOAs had previously expressed concern over the project due to the potential impact it would have on traffic, noise and overcrowding of nearby schools. City staff and commissioners had raised concern over the lack of formalized development plans, which developers said needed to remain fluid to allow the project to be determined by population and market demands.
“We're of course happy with the withdrawal request,” said Steve Lavine, a resident of the adjacent Avignon Windhaven neighborhood in a prepared statement. “We've conceded all along that the parcel will be developed commercially, and we expect that they will develop a great asset to our community within the existing zoning – or with some acceptable modifications. We hope and expect, when they are ready, that they will return to the Planning & Zoning Commission with a comprehensive and compatible development plan for the property.”
Haggard cited both city and HOA residents’ opposition to the withdrawing of the application. However, he said that developers will continue working on a new plans for the development of the property. There is no timeline for when a new application could be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“We’re not in a hurry,” Haggard said. “We’ll just go back to the drawing boards.”
Lavine said that he and members of the group Concerned Citizens of West Plano will continue to monitor the development plans for the property and will be in attendance at future meetings to oppose the project, if it is not compatible with what area residents think is reasonable.
“We're prepared for the long haul,” Lavine said. “We've instructed people to take down their [opposition] yard signs, but not to throw them out.”